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Lara Semetko-Brooks

"The works of G & S are some of the best scores to study from. They teach students of all ages how to become a singing actor!"

Lara Semetko-Brooks is lecturer in Applied Voice and Opera Studies at Washburn University. In 2015, Ms. Brooks presented the lesser-known works of Gilbert and Sullivan at the National Opera Association Conference in North Carolina. She has her Doctor of Musical Arts and Masters of Music from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She moved to Topeka in 2018 from Urbana, IL to join the faculty in the Music Department at Washburn.

“The works of Gilbert and Sullivan are timeless. The plots are funny to the point of being goofy, the lyrics are jaw-dropping, and everyone always lives happily ever after. This is definitely family-friendly entertainment.”

Sharon DuBois, a resident of Topeka since 1960, says she can’t remember a time when she wasn’t fascinated with the works of Gilbert and Sullivan, but it probably started when her father talked about taking part in a high-school production of The Mikado.

Sharon DuBois
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